Papier mache, a painstaking and delicate craft, is believed to have arrived in Kashmir within the 14th Century with Persian artisans. It has since change into a specialty of the area, incomes its practitioners awards and accolades.
However in latest a long time, the artwork has slowly misplaced its enchantment amid rising unrest within the Indian-administered valley. Struggling artisans have turned to different jobs to make ends meet – resembling driving tuk-tuks or working as salesmen.
They usually say their youngsters are not keen on persevering with what has lengthy been a household legacy. Older artisans say they haven’t any selection however to observe as a craft they as soon as liked slowly dies.
Video by Aamir Peerzada